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West Moulin Road, Town Hall, Including Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.7048 / 56°42'17"N

Longitude: -3.7336 / 3°44'1"W

OS Eastings: 293953

OS Northings: 758348

OS Grid: NN939583

Mapcode National: GBR KC40.4FB

Mapcode Global: WH5MJ.MQ8X

Entry Name: West Moulin Road, Town Hall, Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 20 December 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394910

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47549

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Pitlochry

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Alexander Ness, Dundee, 1899. 2-storey, 3-bay, piend-roofed public hall in Scottish Renaissance style with ogee-roofed polygonal tower and small conical-roofed round tower. Squared rubble with sandstone ashlar dressings. Base, dividing and cill courses, eaves cornice. Corbels; segmentally-pedimented windowheads; architraved door and window surrounds; stone transoms and mullions, and chamfered arrises.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Centre bay with broad panelled 2-leaf timber door and 3-part leaded fanlight giving way to corbel course and flanking oversized moulded brackets supporting stone-balustraded balcony at 1st floor with tall corniced 4-light transomed window breaking eaves into gablehead with elaborate cartouche. 2-light transomed windows to outer bays at ground, and single windows above breaking eaves into carved and corniced semicircular-pedimented windowheads.

W ELEVATION: advanced gabled entrance bay to left of centre with door and moulded doorhead at ground, hoodmoulded round-headed window with deep bracketted cill at 1st floor, and further door on return to right at 1st floor accessed from forestair; engaged polygonal ogee-roofed tower in penultimate bay to left with small window at ground and 2-light transomed window above giving way to moulded datestone and pediment; squat round tower with 2 tiny windows in part-blocked openings adjoining at outer left. Hall set-back to right with 4 large windows with panelled door to fire escape, and lower advanced bay with window to outer right and pedestrian door to ground.

E ELEVATION: taller bay to outer right with 2 windows to left (that to outer left with moulded windowhead) at ground and further window with piended dormerhead breaking eaves to centre above, wallhead stack to right. 4 large windows to recessed bays of hall on ground falling to left, that to outer left over door to raised basement, steps up to door with 4-part fanlight in penultimate bay to right, and window to each floor at outer right. Lower piended bay to outer left with 2 windows close to ground and further window to centre above.

S ELEVATION: door to centre with windows in flanking bays, further window beyond to right and small window to left, tall window in bay to left at 1st floor with smaller windows to centre and outer right.

4- and 6-pane upper over 2-pane lower sashes to N and S and outer bays to E and W, all in timber sash and case windows. Multi-pane glazing pattern in bottom-hopper timber windows to hall. Grey slates, fishscale pattern to ogee and conical towers. Coped ashlar stacks with polygonal cans; cast-iron 'mushroom' ridge ventilators; cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers and fixings to main elevation.

INTERIOR: hall retains boarded timber dado, stage with decorative detail enclosed by modern timber, panelled balcony to N on 2 circular columns and 2-leaf panelled timber doors.

BOUNDARY WALLS: coped rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Interest

Pitlochry Public Hall was a competition subject judged by Charles Gourlay of Glasgow, with Pitlochry architects John Menzies, taking second place, and John Leonard, third. The site was donated by Mr A E Butter of Faskally, with funds raised by public subscription and gifts including 150 guineas from Mr Sandeman of Fonab. The foundation stone was laid on 18th May 1899 by Sir Alexander Muir Mackenzie of Delvine. Items of interest were placed beneath the stone, including "coins of the realm from a sovereign down to a half-penny" and copies of the 'Perthshire Advertiser', 'Scotsman' and the 'Dundee Papers'. A strong Masonic presence supported the ceremony which was concluded by Mr Hugh Mitchell presenting Sir Alexander with "the rosewood mallet and beautiful silver trowel with which the stone had been laid". The Hall opened in 1900, with cinema showings commencing in 1919. Passing into council care in 1947, management of the building for Perth and Kinross Council has rested with Pitlochry Leisure Centre since 1991.

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